CONYERS -- For all intents and purposes, Courtney Hodges put away a victory for the Heritage girls soccer team just 12 minutes into Tuesday's game against Cedar Shoals.
Hodges, a Columbus State signee, scored a pair of goals four minutes apart, and assisted on another goal, and Arielle Gunderson had a goal and two assists in the Class AAAA No. 9 Patriots' 7-0 victory in Region 8-AAAA play.
Heritage moved to 12-3-1 overall and 8-2 in league play. Meanwhile, the struggles continued for the visitors from Athens as the Jaguars fell to 1-12-1 and had their winless streak extended to 13 games (0-12-1) since a win over Rockdale on Feb. 15.
At the 32:41 mark of the opening half, Gunderson, a University of Florida signee, found Hodges and the forward beat a diving Landis Mauldin for a 1-0 lead. Kayley Wells used her corner kick to find Hodges for another goal with 28:01 left, then Hodges fed Cate Reach for another goal and Heritage led 3-0 with 23:54 to play until halftime.
The Patriots went to the locker room with a commanding 5-0 lead (Wells and Lena Killingsworth added goals, the last of which was assisted by Gunderson), but it could've been much worse. Gunderson had several chances to add to the lead, but the senior midfielder had a shot hit the post, then later another slammed off the cross bar. Mauldin made nine first-half saves.
With 12:48 to play in the game, Maria Harding was fouled in the box, leading to a penalty shot. Gunderson took the shot and easily ripped a goal past Mauldin to make it a 6-0 game. Less than two minutes later, Kathryn Tuck and Sarah Jo Greer came off the bench to hook up on the final goal of the day as Greer beat Mauldin to make it 7-0.